September 21, 2017

AMD Ryzen

I am an Intel man through and through, having worked there since the 8086/8088 till 80486 generation. I would never betray my alma matta. During those early years building your own PC was the only way to go since most PC brands comes preconfigured for price performance compromise and hardware.
My son builds his own PC based on AMD processor (dont ask me for the version, I never bothered) because it is cheaper since he was student and it stuck to him as an AMD guy. Out of curiosity I am covering this new AMD Ryzen processor since it has received rave review from hardliners both side of the corridors. 





The Threadripper version



August 23, 2017

Android Oreo (8.0)

Early birds official release full Android features detail.


                                                      This is Android 8.0 - Oreo

August 19, 2017

Intel 8th Gen i7 processor announced

Intel Provides Partners Preliminary 8th Gen Desktop Details: Core i7-8700K to Core i3-8100



August 18, 2017

Win10 Updates release version 1703

My PC just had a very bad crash cant recover even from backup drive since it doesnt even allow to access my Lenovo One Key recovery partition. So have to reinstall from scratch no big deal except for time to kill.
I use my original Win10 Pro CD (pre-1502 release version), no issue there, it immediately upgraded to an intermediate version after successful install which I didnt notice since I am reinstalling my 3rd party apps took about 3 hours by which time I need to reboot and found "upgrade and reboot"? option in my selection. That done and its time to reactivate all the apps and to reinstall my MS Office 2016 and other 3rd party apps. that took me another 3 hours of checking and purging the drives of the 30Gb "Windows.old" folder.
So now I am back on my repaired Win10 PC writing this article. 
(After the repair I did a check up and found that there are some "bad clusters/sectors" somewhere close to my boot sector, that was causing my repair/restore over the past 3 months, so it looks like I have to wipe my HDD and reinstall again in the very near future).

Now my Win10 is running version 1703 and I notice there are new apps installed and the anticipated "Photo" upgrade version.


There is a new preinstall App "Paint 3D" and possibility a favorite of mine "PicArts" (I intended to install later but it was already installed)


The "Photo" version was the latest that has many editing features and link to OneDrive Cloud with Gallery options. (announced in early 2017)
 Upgraded to version - 2017.35071.13510.0



It is no longer a dumb picture viewer with limited editing options.

Another worthy mention is the "3D Viewer"
(I am no graphic genius! The picture is really a 3D rendering turning 360deg on its axis)


Another upgraded app is the "One Note". I have never touch or bother to use OneNote but maybe from this version on I might. My advise is to not install or uninstall the OneNote from your MS Office application and use the one preinstalled in the Win10 -1703


And I am pretty sure theres a lot lot of improvements "under the hood" that we dont see. But it is much stable from the first release Win10 (prior to version 1502) which tends to screw up every other PC after every update then the "millenial" version (1502) was released  and it was 95% stable and kept improving after that.I dont understand the resistance to some people are having about Win10.I was using the IBM DOS 1.0 to Ms DOS 1.2 through all the Windows version 3.xx, XP, Vista, ME, Win95, Win98, Win7, Win 8.xx, and I find Win10 to be the least worrisome (after MS have iron out a few hic cups).
Long live Win10! 

June 24, 2017

Intel newest processors

The brand new Intel "i9" and "i7"



Core i9 Extreme Edition:
  • Core i9-7980XE: 18 cores/36 threads 
Core i9:


  • Core i9-7960X: 16 cores/32 threads
  • Core i9-7940X: 14 cores/28 threads
  • Core i9-7920X: 12 cores/24 threads
  • Core i9-7900X (3.3GHz): 10 cores/20 threads 
Core i7: 
  • Core i7 7820X (3.6GHZ), 8 cores/16 threads
  • Core i7-7800X (3.5GHz), 6 cores/12 threads
  • Core i7-7740X (4.3GHz), 4 cores/8 threads
Technical Specs (intel sites)

May 9, 2017

Intel AMT Processor Technology

AMT Security Flaw

For novices like us you have to be cautious for the Processor with "V" nomenclature e.g. Intel v i7,v i5, or with newer motherboard with AMT label. This is for the current release version but I am pretty sure that Intel would correct their design flaw ( which by the way is on silicon) in their next release.

April 22, 2017

Neffos by TPLink

Neffos X1Max (Premium model) by TPLink with MTK P10 Helios CPU.

It seems that everybody is getting onboard the smartphone wagon but do not see Neffos being a giant killer anytime in the near future.

March 24, 2017

MOTOROLA

Have to refocus on a new Motorola brand since it is in the same Lenovo stable but this is going to get technical since it is supporting Qualcomm SoC. As you aware it is boot locked and the rooting pricess is not advisable for newbies to Android.


February 16, 2017

ALCATEL PIXI 4 5" and 7 inch MTK SoC only


A basic phone with for selfies junkie basic camera specs but with front flash but very low storage space can be rooted easily and here provided TWRP for rooting and modding purposes.
2 Models : 5010D 3G and 5045D LTE



A low priced basic phablet with 3G basic storage and poor camera specs with no flash, can be used as daily phone if you dont do selfies!
TWRP for rooting and modifications is available. You need to root this to enable you to do modifications on every Google Apps update to save space if not you will run out of space very quickly and even if you want to gift this to your kids they will soon complain that they cant download any games because the storage will soon be full.

Lenovo Phab2 Plus 670M




January 28, 2017

Win10 Signed MTK Drivers and latest SPFlashTool

All MTK device drivers for Win10 - signed

I have been facing problems installing MTK Drivers especially after the latest Win10 updates which doesnt allow for unsigned drivers to be installed even after disabling "signature verification" options. This has caused trouble in reinstalling drivers after when it is required if it is already installed it can work but as MTK drivers works sometimes it gets unistalled after a after reboot.
I have search the web and this is the working collection of drivers for Win10 signed. Including the latest SpFlashTool version 5.1640.that can flash upto MT6573,6575 6577,6798,6757,8521,8127,6735,